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Dishwasher not draining, drying cycle error Electrolux ESF 4120

I have a practical mind, but no real experience with dishwashers.
This started a few days ago, where the door of the unit kept popping open, so I adjusted the clip and all was fine, while I was in there, I cleaned the filters, and there was a lot of debris. (My guess is this is where the problem began with debris then falling down when i took the filter out) I installed the filter again, and then started an empty cycle and all seemed well. A few cycles down the line and the machine will not start, I try everything to see if there was anything stuck. So I went to the instructions the error light that appeared was to do with the draining. After a night of getting a few bits of debris out, from the intake, I left it until this morning when I opened it up and checked all the pipes, and found a few more bits. (Would the dishwasher have a safety switch to stop the pump from burning itself out?) The few bits the I found were nearly identical diameter to the inside of the pipe (The metal rings that are at the base of a wick of a candle) I also do know the machine has been run without tablets, could the build up of grease cause this?
Any advise would be much appreciated

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  • will_3life Jul 25, 2009

    It says the model in the title, but doesnt show up, its an Electrolux ESF 4120, It doesnt have a mushroom type float. It says the issue is with drainage. But thanks anyway

  • will_3life Jul 25, 2009

    Yes it clicks, and also when I press the cycle button, u here a click which normally follows a whushing noise.

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You didn't say what model you have, most dishwashers have a float switch inside to prevent over filling and subsequent flooding. If this switch is stuck, the dishwasher won't start.

Open the door and look inside the unit. The float should look a little like a mushroom cap. Make sure it travels up and down smoothly. It's usually on the right side closer to the front of the machine.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • jdthefixer Jul 25, 2009

    Have you checked the door interlock switch? You said you adjusted the door. When the latch is thrown, it operates a switch so the machine knows the door is shut. You should hear a click when you operate the latch if you listen closely.

  • jdthefixer Jul 25, 2009

    OK, if you're comfortable that there is a drain issue, you can try removing the lower front cover or otherwise accessing the drain discharge line from the machine.



    If there is a lot of debris as you describe, it's possible that something is stuck in the drain line, the line is kinked, or that the check valve is jammed with something. The check valve should unscrew, but be careful and don't get too rough with it. Removal of the check valve will require disconnecting the drain hose so get a shallow pan to catch any remaining water. You should also turn off the power to the machine just to be safe.

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